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We love Segway tours and it's always a bonus when you don't have to go through lots and lots of training to get off and running on your tour.
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Looked like a rally nice beach and the segway tour sounded fun. That is something that I have never done.
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We love Segway tours and it's always a bonus when you don't have to go through lots and lots of training to get off and running on your tour.
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Your accommodations at Daytona Beach look lovely. The Segway tour looks like it would be so much fun, too.
I must say, I really loved our condo in Daytona Beach.

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Looked like a rally nice beach and the segway tour sounded fun. That is something that I have never done.
It is fun! If you've never done it, it will be wonderful once you get to a place that does it (and is semi-well organized). I would recommend the one in Clearwater Beach for first-timers for sure.

I would recommend Disney's Segway tours for first-timers, but they don't have the awesome ones in Epcot anymore.

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[B]Wednesday, February 3, 2016: Shopping and Speedways[B]
I used to be pretty into NASCAR, but as with the NBA and my interest dying out when Jordan finally retired for the last time, my interest went out the window about when Dale Earnhardt, Sr. died in 2001. Ironically enough, that somber anniversary just passed again...

But I have always wanted to go to Daytona International Speedway, and today I got to fulfill a lifetime dream... Surprisingly, it was even better than I ever expected!

So we got over to the Daytona Speedway early, and good thing too because we had NO idea where we were going... LOL! Anyways we finally got ourselves in the right spot, and got our tickets for the 11:30 Speedway Tour, and I have to say I became enthralled and fascinated all over again. We had a most excellent tour guide, and I highly recommend this tour, even for those of you who aren't even close to being NASCAR fans!


PRO TIP: The building for the speedway tours is wholly separate from the speedway itself. Don’t turn directly at the speedway, turn on Bill France Blvd.






Those banked turns are way impressive in person!




Now with 20% less safety risk to the fans!






















Me and the Dale Earnhardt, Sr. statue

Then after that we went to the Volusia Mall and got me three shirts (one a Guayabera style shirt and two golf shirts) at Macy's, looked in JC Penneys and Books A Million for a few minutes, and had lunch at Outback.

After that I flirted briefly with the idea of going to the Ocean Walk Shoppes, eventually deciding against it, and making another Publix run and coming back to the condo. And that was it for this day!

NEXT TIME: Boy, that’s a loud-mouthed snook!
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Luke and I really want to go Daytona Speedway for the 500 one of these days. We'll definitely need to do the tour, too. Sounds like it is very well done.
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Thanks! (Also thanks for not giving me grief about not posting for almost a year... sorry about that, stuff got mega-busy.

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Luke and I really want to go Daytona Speedway for the 500 one of these days. We'll definitely need to do the tour, too. Sounds like it is very well done.
Oh yeah. I would *never* go for the 500 due to too many crazy people, but I'd watch on TV for sure.

BTW, Photobucket's never, ever, EVER a good thing to resize one's pics... I, like, *just* finished resizing everything I am going to use for the remainder of my TR.

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NOTE: I am *SO* sorry I completely stopped posting this… almost a year and no updates. SORRY. My schooling got mega crazy and I am now graduated from Excelsior College with a Bachelor of Sciences in Liberal Arts… so now I can get back to this.

And before I get back to my TR (after a year!), I wanted to explain my teaser from last time. I was making reference to Foghorn Leghorn always referring to his adversary the chicken hawk as a “loud-mouthed schnook”, and before my time at the Marine Science Center, I had no idea that there was a fish called a snook. Now I do.

Thursday, February 4, 2016: A Slow, Stormy Day
Today we decided to take it slow today, but we did manage to eat lunch at a place called BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse... That was kinda obvious!



Then we tried to shop at Casual Male XL, and we were much more successful at Best Buy and Barnes & Noble.

Then we came back to the condo and plotzed. Then the big rain and thunderstorm hit! Thus ends this day!



Friday, February 5, 2016: Off To the Marine Science Center!
Today went by really fast!

We had breakfast at our condo and then we went to the Marine Science Center, which (I thought) would have been a compromise selection for my dragging her to the Daytona International Speedway, had we both not been completely enthralled by the tour we had.

The Marine Science Center was quite possibly one of the best places like that I've ever been to. I got so many pictures with my new DSLR, it was tough to pick only a few for this TR.


I love how there’s not only parking across the road from this sign, but also that there’s an educational aspect! Not so much when you get stuck for 5 minutes or so behind a school bus taking its sweet time unloading children going on a field trip, though…


I love this manatee statue… Wish I’d gotten pics of the manatees at The Seas… ah well, always a next time, there is…


It’s taking all I have to NOT make a CeCe the Seasick Sea Serpent reference… this is the Marine Science Center’s mascot, CeCe the Sea Turtle. Hey you gotta make it entertaining for the kids who are bored to tears on these field trips SOMEHOW…


He’s just as bored as the schoolchildren on their boring field trip to the Marine Science Center when they’d rather be ANYWHERE else… :rolleyes


This is a snook. The bubbles surrounding the snook is because the snook was really happy to see my mom and was flailing around, and scaring the MSC volunteers!


I don’t think I’ve ever been given the side eye by an eel before!


Same eel, straight on.


Sea turtle specimen


Sea turtle nest example


Some pregnant (male) seahorses


Humpback whale jawbone - side view


Coral skeleton

Then we drove down A1A for a bit... By the way, driving down A1A is a lot harder than it looks. You won’t actually be driving *on* A1A the entire time, and there aren't many places you can get on to (or off of) A1A. So we drove for awhile, realized that there wasn't any place to get back off and drove back, stopped at Publix briefly, and then back to our condo.

Then... Then things get interesting. You see, in our condo building there's a neat little "fine dining" establishment called Top of Daytona, and you don't have to be living or renting at the condominium building to go to eat there. We'd been curious about it ever since we'd checked in, and we decided that tonight would be our night to try it (especially since we'd be eating like kings and queens while we were at Disney). So, we go up there, and... It took 20 minutes for us to get drinks. And then, overall, it took an hour and a half to not only get our food, but to finish it as well. That's pretty slow, because normally I can be in and out of Outback Steakhouse in about an hour.


View from Top of Daytona - Dusk


View from Top of Daytona - Sunset


View from Top of Daytona - Night


My view from my table… there was a performer playing basically Old People Musak…


My Scallops, Top of Daytona style!

After all that, we were pretty tired so that basically was the end of this day.

Saturday, February 6, 2016: Last Call For Daytona Beach!
After having a spot of coffee and then eating an early brunch, we went out in the rain back to Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory and got some more Baby Bees (aka Mini Turtles...), then came back, watched The Martian (which I thought was really good), ate a fairly late supper and that was it. A fairly ignominious end to the Daytona Beach leg of my trip, and a perfect way to end this TR. Thank you for reading!

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Firstly, congratulations on your graduation.

Lovely to see you posting again - great photos from the Marine Science Center and the Top of Daytona. What a beautiful sunset from there.
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Thanks Cheryl! Yeah, that was a gorgeous sunset.

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